First storm equals many accidents

The Thanksgiving holiday brought the first major snowstorm of the season and with it a plethora of auto accidents including one that closed the Glenwood Canyon for a spell Sunday afternoon.

In addition, there was a roll-over accident and stuck vehicles on Owl Creek Road, and an individual was injured in an accident at the Aspen Village Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Patrol director Michael Buglione said the most severe accident at the Aspen Village light involved a pickup truck and a dump truck. one person was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Owl Creek Road became a mess after a fast-moving snowstorm turned roads into an ice rink.   a vehicle rolled onto its top after running off the road near the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

And an accident on I70 Sunday afternoon closed a large section of the Highway for nearly an hour.

Garfield County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Colorado River at the Grizzly Creek rest area in Glenwood Canyon as an apparent suicide.

Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies were called at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday on a report that a male body had been found in the river. CPR was started in an attempt to revive the individual, but proved unsuccessful, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire was notified, and the incident is currently being investigated as a suicide, according to the release.

“Identity of the individual and final cause of death will be released by the Garfield County Coroner once the individual has been identified, the investigation completed, next of kin notified and an autopsy is returned,” according to the release.

The holiday season is just around the corner and National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for purchase at White River National Forest Offices and some local vendor locations as well.  There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Permits will be sold through Monday, Dec. 24. The cost per permit is $10.00 unless you are a fourth grader.

Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park (“Every Kid”) Initiative. Fourth graders must present a valid pass or paper voucher in-person at an office location. Vouchers can be printed from the Every Kid in a Park website, for information on how to earn a voucher visit:

Local retailers selling the permits include:

Bristlecone Mountain Sports in Willits

Roaring Fork Valley Coop in Carbondale

Big John’s Ace Hardware in Glenwood Springs